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Dialect in literature
marymary100 - 26-7-2017 at 11:40

One of my relatives wrote the first ever book in the Doric language in Scotland. His book is in a special section at Glasgow University.



As more and more of us live online, I think there is a danger of us becoming more homogenised and all speaking and writing in received pronunciation/formal English - when we're not writing in emotocons.


One of the poems from my childhood is still a favourite and now it seems sort of quaint.


Quote:

The Boy in the Train
Poem
Whit wey does the engine say 'Toot-toot'?
Is it feart to gang in the tunnel?
Whit wey is the furnace no pit oot
When the rain gangs doon the funnel?
What'll I hae for my tea the nicht?
A herrin', or maybe a haddie?
Has Gran'ma gotten electric licht?
Is the next stop Kirkcaddy?

There's a hoodie-craw on yon turnip-raw!
An' seagulls! - sax or seeven.
I'll no fa' oot o' the windae, Maw,
Its sneckit, as sure as I'm leevin'.
We're into the tunnel! we're a' in the dark!
But dinna be frichtit, Daddy,
We'll sune be comin' to Beveridge Park,
And the next stop's Kirkcaddy!

Is yon the mune I see in the sky?
It's awfu' wee an' curly,
See! there's a coo and a cauf ootbye,
An' a lassie pu'in' a hurly!
He's chackit the tickets and gien them back,
Sae gie me my ain yin, Daddy.
Lift doon the bag frae the luggage rack,
For the next stop's Kirkcaddy!

There's a gey wheen boats at the harbour mou',
And eh! dae ya see the cruisers?
The cinnamon drop I was sookin' the noo
Has tummelt an' stuck tae ma troosers. . .
I'll sune be ringin' ma Gran'ma's bell,
She'll cry, 'Come ben, my laddie',
For I ken mysel' by the queer-like smell
That the next stop's Kirkcaddy!
Mary Campbell Smith



What dialect literature have you enjoyed?


LSemmens - 26-7-2017 at 13:56

English!


John_Little - 26-7-2017 at 20:33

yguduh by ee cummings

ygUDuh
ydoan
yunnuhstan
ydoan o
yunnuhstand dem
yguduh ged
yunnuhstan dem doidee
yguduh ged riduh
ydoan o nudn
LISN bud LISN
dem
gud
am
lidl yelluh bas
tuds weer goin
duhSIVILEYEzum


marymary100 - 26-7-2017 at 21:03

Quote:
Originally posted by John_Little
yguduh by ee cummings

ygUDuh
ydoan
yunnuhstan
ydoan o
yunnuhstand dem
yguduh ged
yunnuhstan dem doidee
yguduh ged riduh
ydoan o nudn
LISN bud LISN
dem
gud
am
lidl yelluh bas
tuds weer goin
duhSIVILEYEzum



3.30 onwards if you don't know how to say it


ee cummings is difficult to read, much like Feersum Endjinn by Scottish writer Iain M. Banks. Worth sticking with it though.



Thanks John.


LSemmens - 27-7-2017 at 06:11

yunnuhstan dem doidee

He shore sed that rite!


John_Little - 27-7-2017 at 07:30

Just for the record. When I searched for that (orginally putting yagotta civilzem in the search engine) I found a lot of comments from people who didn't get it. So I should point out (maybe for our American friends) that its about irony.